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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 2017


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 2017


    Since 1969, Australian Hi-Fi Magazine has kept audiophiles up to date on all the latest advances in audio technology and the hi-fi components available to enjoy music. All equipment reviews and music reviews are written by professionals who are experts in their respective fields, and are checked for accuracy by experienced sub-editors. Every audio component reviewed in Australian Hi-Fi Magazine is also independently tested by a NATA-certified test laboratory, whose test results and graphs are published with each review, together with a detailed technical analysis of those results. Australian Hi-Fi Magazine also maintains a complete database of all Australian and New Zealand distributors of hi-fi equipment, along with updated listings of the brands they distribute. Australian Hi-Fi Magazine is published six times a year and on sale at thousands of news agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as being available in selected audio stores across the country plus International mail and online via digital download.


3 Editor's Lead-In
The warranties on hi-fi components are getting longer (with one exception) but you have to buy from someone you can be sure will honour them...


6 Sound Bites
Famous British loudspeaker manufacturer Harbeth celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and has released a special limited edition version of its Monitor 40.2 to mark the occasion.


8 Show Report: CES 2017
Fewer audio companies exhibited their wares at CES this year, but the rooms and halls of the Venetian were still veritable 'Who's Who' and 'What's New' of the audio industry.


42 Obituary
A.J Conti, founder of Basis, one of the best of the turntables in the USA, was also the inventor of one of the best coffee machines in that country...


76 Sound Travels
Sound Travels: Tom Waters visits an audiophile with his feet firmly planted in the MQA and digital camps.

95 Feature Article
Hi-Fi Show Presenters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


96 Subscription Offer
Your chance to win an esoteric Orica timepiece if you renew your subscription or take this opportunity to subscribe!


Australian Hi-Fi Magazine March / April 2017


Equipment Reviews
22 Yamaha NS-5000 Loudspeakers
Yamaha's new NS-5000s will deliver music to your room with absolute sonic realism. They sound superb!


30 Musical Fidelity M5si Integrated Amplifier
A beautifully-engineered amplifier that combines great sound quality with high power output and 'sultry' looks that will integrate perfectly with any décor


38 Questyle CMA600i Headphone Amplifier/DAC
If you like listening with headphones, do yourself a favour. Find a shop that sells the Questyle CMA600i and have a listen. Seriously. Do it. Now.


80 Audio Research Reference 9 Preamplifier
The new Reference 6 is Audio Research's flagship single-chassis preamplifier, encompassing the company's latest thinking in circuit topology.


86 B&W P9 Signature Headphones
The release of the P9 Signature headphones shows that B&W is purposefully heading the art of building headphones to its very heights...


88 Gold Note PH-10 Phono Preamplifier
Simply superb in every respect: sound quality, user interface, facilities, the 'Made in Italy' build quality… the whole package!


92 Sony UDA-1 USB DAC Amplifier
A great little unit, says reviewer Steve Dawson, but where does it fit into a hi-fi system?


98 Super Fidelity
Well-known hi-end audio equipment manufacturer PS Audio has released the first in a series of audiophile recordings, the Sonoma Master Series One. It's an absolute beauty!


100 Jazz Track
Pianist Frank Kimbrough's latest LP, says John Shand, is among the best-recorded albums he's heard, such is the dynamic range, accuracy and richness of the sound.


102 Blu-ray Reviews
'How could anyone not know about Bachman-Turner Overdrive?' asks reviewer Stephen Dawson, before answering his own question and throwing in Daryl Hall and John Oates for good measure.



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